FILE - Soybean farm

Many of the fields across Illinois are either underwater or empty.

Illinois farmers still don't have their corn or beans planted.

By this time in May, farmers traditionally are wrapping-up corn planting and are making big strides with their soybean crop as well.

This year, USDA Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener said they are way behind on corn.

"Corn planting advanced by 13 points [since last week] and is now 24 percent finished," Schleusener said. "That compares to 95 percent one year ago, and 89 percent for the five-year average."

Just nine percent of beans in Illinois are in the ground. Last year, farmers had almost 80 percent of their crop planted by now. The five-year average is closer to 50 percent.

Schleusener said a lot of places in Illinois are just too wet for farmers to plant.

Northwestern Illinois is still the wettest part of the state. The crop report shows farmers in southwestern and southeastern Illinois are still a bit dry, comparatively.


An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.